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Rep. Price joins Reps. Cicilline and Deutch in Introducing the Assault Weapons Ban of 2018

February 27, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman David Price (D-NC) joined Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), and more than 150 colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in introducing the ‘Assault Weapons Ban of 2018’. Congressman Price is a Vice Chair of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force in the U.S. House of Representatives. The full text of the bill can be found here.

The Assault Weapons Ban will prohibit the sale, transfer, production, and importation of:

  • Semi-automatic rifles and handguns with a military-style feature that can accept a detachable magazine;
  • Semi-automatic rifles and handguns with a fixed magazine that can hold more than 10 rounds;
  • Semi-automatic shotguns with a military-style feature;
  • Any ammunition feeding device that can hold more than 10 rounds;
  • And 205 specifically-named and listed firearms.

“Weapons designed to inflict mass casualties and devastation on the battlefield have no place on our nation’s streets,” said Rep. Price (NC-04), Vice Chair, House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. “It’s past time for the safety of our communities to be a higher priority to lawmakers than their donors in the firearm lobby. I am proud to join Rep. Cicilline, Rep. Deutch, and the more than 70% of Americans who support restrictions on the sale of assault weapons.”

“Assault weapons were made for one purpose. They are designed to kill as many people as possible in a short amount of time. They do not belong in our communities,” said Rep. Cicilline (RI-01), the House sponsor of the Assault Weapons Ban. “I am proud to introduce the Assault Weapons Ban with the support of leaders in law enforcement. It’s on all of us to end this carnage.”

“Americans don’t own tanks or missiles; so why should our streets be flooded with weapons of war made for the sole purpose of killing people? The Stoneman Douglas community is still reeling from this awful tragedy. But they want and deserve action from Congress,” said Rep. Deutch (FL-22). “Banning assault weapons isn’t a Democratic idea, nor is it new; President Reagan supported the initial ban, which expired in 2004. Most Americans support the assault weapons ban. Now it’s time for Congress to listen and pass sensible legislation to get these weapons of war off our streets.”

When an assault weapon or a high-capacity magazine is used in a shooting, the number of victims who are killed increases by 63%. There have been almost 8,300 incidents of gun violence so far in 2018. More than 2,200 Americans have lost their lives. More than 500 children have been killed or injured.

As the frequency of mass shootings has increased in recent years, assault weapons have become the weapon of choice for these murderers. Assault weapons were used in attacks on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida and the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas. Shooters have also used assault weapons to commit mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School and a movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado.

In addition to supporting the assault weapons ban, Congressman Price also recently led a letter to Speaker Ryan urging him to take up legislation to repeal the “Dickey Amendment” which inhibits the CDC and other government agencies from researching the causes of gun violence. Congressman Price is also a cosponsor of the Gun Violence Restraining Order Act of 2017, which would allow law enforcement to act on warning signs to temporarily remove firearms from an individual in crisis, and the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act, which would expand the existing background check system to cover all commercial firearm sales, including those at gun shows, over the internet, or in classified ads.